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Lessons from the Lone Star State: A surge in wind power on the Texas grid didn’t cause reliability problems (and brought down electricity prices) because regulators improved the efficiency of wholesale electricity markets. Sarah Fields Photography/Shutterstock.com

Are solar and wind really killing coal, nuclear and grid reliability?

Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to know if wind and solar are compromising the reliability of the grid and hurting coal power. The answer lies in his home state of Texas.
Models present styles during the ‘Walk of Islam’ fashion show in Berlin in 2004. Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

How the hijab has grown into a fashion industry

Islamic fashion is a rapidly growing industry: Muslim spending on fashion is expected to reach US$488 billion by 2019. What has led to this growth?
A patient who relied on Medicaid and a nurse in Mississippi. Jonathan Bachman/REUTERS

Trump wants to change Medicaid funding; could his ideas work?

President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so?
Hillary Clinton supporters at a Clinton watch party in Austin, Texas. Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP

Voters in Texas, North Carolina, Ohio and Florida are changing the swing state map

How southern accents, Puerto Ricans and bias at the polls could change the map of traditional swing states as we know it.
A voter at a polling station during the New York primary elections in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Religious feelings could sway the vote in 2016 election

How white Republicans and white Democrats feel about Muslims is influencing their candidate choice as well as willingness to vote in the 2016 election.
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Why is the US Green Party so irrelevant?

While Green Party candidates win elections and make policy in Germany, here the Green Party barely registers. Why? Contrasting electoral systems, and the fact that U.S. Greens run as purists, not as politicians.
Let’s see how this works. Cockrell School of Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

How to involve more women and girls in engineering

Most people have a very limited understanding of what engineers do – and we engineers don't do a good job of expanding that view. But if we did, the benefits could be impressive.
U.S. Coast Guard vessels battle the fire on the Deepwater Horizon while searching for survivors from the rig’s 126-person crew. U.S. Coast Guard/Wikipedia

‘Deepwater Horizon’ honors oil rig workers but oversimplifies the blowout

The new movie 'Deepwater Horizon' depicts the blowout that triggered the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A professor of petroleum engineering assesses what the film gets right and wrong.
Mandoza at the South African music Awards in 2012. South African Music Awards/flickr

Game-changer Mandoza defied South Africa’s elitist cultural norms

Kwaito music star Mandoza was an important symbolic figure in the post-apartheid cultural scene. His success and his refusal to relinquish his tsotsi identity redefined what kind of man could be respected in a free South African.

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